Disclaimer: While this review won’t spoil revelations of the current issue, I’m writing it assuming that viewers have read the previous issues. If you haven’t read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1, check out my spoiler free review here.
This past Wednesday, I awoke with excitement to see that my pre-order of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 had already been downloaded to my phone. Being the second entry in the five part comic series, this issue takes over where the previous one left off. This entry continues to piece together the tale of the lone turtle and the events that tore his world apart.
The First to Fall
The last issue left off with the Ronin waking up from a failed Seppuku attempt. At that moment he’s greeted by long time companion April O’Neil who reveals his identity. The comic delves deeper into the thoughts of both the Ronin and April. The past seems to have impacted them a great deal, as both appear to suffer from PTSD. Through dialogue from both characters, we learn more about past events. We discover the origins and motives of the Ronin’s mindset, and we also discover which of his brothers was first to lose their lives. The writers also introduce a new character that i currently have mixed feelings about.
This is mainly due to the character’s naive attitude. Unlike the Ronin and April, this character has a rather romanticized view of past events. While the seasoned characters look back on past events and friends with a sense of grief, the new addition views it with mysticism. The character even states that she views the Ronin and his fallen brethren as heroes. While the view is innocent, it does make her come off as a bit too curious, especially when asking the Ronin prying questions regarding the family he lost.
Art and Presentation
In terms of presentation, I feel like this issue is even stronger than the first. When set in the present the panels mainly consists of dreary greys. In contrast the flashbacks sport warmer colors like red and orange. There is even homage to the art style of the original mirage comics when the Ronin narrates his past. The style perfectly fits his narration, matching the dark and gritty scenes.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2 successfully pushes the arc forward. It’s an satisfying follow up to the first issue and gives readers the perfect amount of progression to the overall story. While the new character leaves me with mixed feelings, this issue merely serves as her introduction. With three more issues to go there is plenty of time for the character to grow on me. Once again, I look forward to reading the next issue in this five part series.
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